The most exciting experiences in Zambia
Wild, beautiful and with pockets still undiscovered, here are a few reasons why Zambia is a perfect destination for your next exhilarating holiday.
Livingstone Island and Devil’s Pool, Victoria Falls
Diving into Devil’s Pool seems the most absurd idea in the world, but if you dare this is one of the most exhilarating experiences around. Your guide will take you by boat to the very spot where Dr David Livingstone in 1855 first caught sight of Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), a tiny island just metres from the plummeting falls. The highlight of a trip to Livingstone Island is the leap of faith into the water next to Victoria Falls. Without harness or equipment you will never have felt such a sense of freedom as diving into the waters metres from the dramatic falls. Sit on ‘Devil’s Seat’, a rock under the water which gives an excellent view. This experience is not for the faint-hearted but sometimes stepping outside the familiar is most rewarding.
The Lower Zambezi
Canoeing down certain stretches of the Zambezi River in early summer feels like you have come across something totally undiscovered, with its quiet surroundings, lush scenery and enchanting birdlife. This stretch of the mighty river above Victoria Falls is accessible to the mayhem which can be the thundering falls, but completely tranquil, beautiful and perfect for a few days relaxation in one of its luxurious lodges before or after game-viewing in Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Walking safaris in South Luangwa
Pioneered by Norman Carr in the 1950’s, a walking safari takes your African experience to the next level. Africa is wild, it is unpredictable, it is beautiful. The real Africa is a chance to spend a few days completely off the grid.
And so we invite you to the home of the walking safari, the Luangwa. This is achieved by the degree of knowledge and training that guides receive which means you will be able to get close to big game, without impacting on the environment. And with a ‘scout’ or armed guide at the back of the group, a walking safari could not be a safer way to see the smaller mysteries of the wilderness.
Each night you will reach a different camp, where delicious and well-deserved dinners will be served, often in view of a waterhole or river. A day’s safari might consist of 3-5 hours’ walking but stopping en route to watch a herd of elephant or seeing wild dogs lazing under a tree makes it most un-strenuous and you will wish the walk could last longer. At the end of another life-changing day you will fall asleep listening to the sounds of Africa.
Photographic hides in South Luangwa
Such is the reputation of the photographic hides in the South Luangwa that journalists come from across the world to film here. There is simply no better place to watch the animals go about their daily life.
Step into one of the naturally built hides in the South Luangwa and take in your surroundings watching game in at incredibly close range. Discretely structured in the most active breeding and drinking areas, as you wait for the first visitors you can take in the sounds and stillness of the environment, soon interrupted by a herd of elephant coming to drink, bathe and play in the river or watch as the thirsty antelope approach, in constant fear of an opportunistic crocodile coming closer.
There are too many special and natural behaviour patterns to observe and photograph. And after each visit your expert guide will be able to improve your technique and settings to maximise the light and situation of your photos.
Discover North Luangwa
South Luangwa’s smaller less-visited neighbour has few lodges and even less visitors. You feel truly ‘out there’ and the guides attracted to the area tend to be the most passionate conservationists in Southern Africa which can be infectious. Only a short light aircraft flight from South Luangwa, but feeling extremely remote, the best way to experience this incredible park is on foot.
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